• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 28, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 25
  2. Negative: 12 out of 25
  1. “Big Day” is marvelously cast, and the actors, especially Wendie Malick, manage, like the cast of “24,” to convey a sense of urgency that almost belongs on the stage.
  2. Husband-and-wife team Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa pack the half-hour with oddball characters, zany circumstances and loads of physical comedy, but it's all grounded in enough reality to be utterly believable and irrepressibly funny.
  3. 63
    Normally, this should be as much fun as pulling out your own fingernails, but the cast for the most part makes it tolerable and fun.
  4. 60
    A lot of this is pretty funny, but for 24 episodes?
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    60
    A harmless and mostly fun little sitcom.
  6. The larger problem may be whether there's enough material to cover an entire season.
  7. The show often goes to annoying extremes.
  8. Whether you'll want to go the distance with "Big Day" will probably rest on how close you feel to the family.
  9. "Big Day" doesn't feel like a big hit, but it is intermittently amusing.
  10. 50
    "Big Day" just doesn't deliver many big laughs.
  11. 40
    Big Day is forced and tiring, although Wendie Malick is a delirious hoot as the bride's pushy mom.
  12. 40
    Too often, “Big Day” evokes the unpleasantness of pre-wedding stress, without mining the nuptial process for creative, original laughs.
  13. 40
    Despite its formal ambition, "Big Day" is disappointingly ordinary.
  14. The question, still open, is whether the writers can pack enough comic caffeine into the next 21 weeks to keep viewers along for the ride.
  15. 38
    There are small funny moments along the way. [4 Dec 2006, p.39]
  16. 37
    The show is all structure and no substance.
  17. 30
    With too many one-note jokes and characters, insufficient barrel laughs and too much controlled chaos, "Big Day" will be lucky if it even makes it to the afternoon let alone a walk down the aisle.
  18. Reviewed by: Teresa Wiltz
    30
    "Big Day"... doesn't have an original bone in its carefully constructed body, which would be a pardonable offense if it were actually funny. Which, alas, it is not.
  19. 25
    One of the most puzzling things about TV this year is the mere existence of this catastrophe. It is a huge, huge pile.
  20. Big Day has no likable characters. [1 Dec 2006, p.72]
  21. "Big Day" is basically bad community theater with music clearances.
  22. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    10
    Big Day should be retitled "The Longest Day," as it spends an entire season showing us how many dreadfully unfunny complications can spoil a single wedding day.
  23. A stinking pile of unlikely plot twists, brain-dead dialogue and cardboard characters.
  24. The situations are predictable, the writing is unfunny and the cast is forced to overplay every scene in hopes of generating something resembling a chuckle.

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